N.H. voters used some colorful language to describe the presidential candidates

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“Dishonest/liar.” “Idiot.” And one word we can’t even say.

These aren’t typically the words you’d use to describe a presidential candidate. But that’s exactly how some New Hampshire voters described Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a new poll out Wednesday.

Respondents to a WMUR/University of New Hampshire survey let loose: Twelve percent of those polled used a derogatory term when asked to describe Trump. For Clinton, the most common term was “dishonest/liar” at 22 percent.


Despite their attitudes, the poll found that Clinton has a wide lead over Trump. The former secretary of state leads the real estate mogul 48 to 33 percent among likely voters. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 7 percent of support, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein had 2 percent. Five percent of likely voters said they would vote for someone else.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the poll also found both candidates are viewed unfavorably by most New Hampshire voters. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed had an unfavorable view of Clinton, though many more — 69 percent — found Trump unfavorable.

Last week, a pair of polls showed Clinton with a smaller edge over Trump in the state: A UMass Lowell/7 News poll released Thursday gave her a six-point lead, while a Friday WBUR/MassINC poll showed her topping Trump by four points, which was within the margin of error.

The latest poll comes out as Clinton prepares to rally in New Hampshire with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday.

The WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll was conducted between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17 among 770 likely voters. The margin of error was 3.5 percent.

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.